5 Surprising Side Effects Drinking Alcohol Has On Your Appearance
This season is all about popping open the bubbles and celebrating the year that’s gone and welcoming in the one ahead. Although the wine might be making you feel fizzy, is your skin bottling any benefits?
At Christmas, it seems the sharp stuff finds its way into every meal on every table. A morning mimosa, a sniff of sherry at noon, a twilight tipple and most certainly a bedtime brandy. The seemingly endless supply of drinks our festive feasts typically present to us can be dizzying, but is it time to be sinking the swift ones more mindfully?
However fun it can feel to drink, alcohol is, in fact, a toxin and holds little nutritional value. It contributes to reducing your immunity, disrupting the balance of hormones, damaging cells, impacting insulin levels, and lowering liver function. If that wasn’t bad enough, it also holds a massive say in the quality, appearance, and aging of our skin too.
At Organica, our ethos is that by sourcing the most natural ingredients, they’ll seek only to serve a more natural and nourished you. When alcohol is full of sugar and toxic additives, is that the best way you could be serving your skin, and ultimately you? We’ve taken a look at what 5 ways drink indulgence is having on your skin, and how best to move forward when it comes to a more mindful relationship with alcohol this party season.
Weighing It Up
Alcohol is high in calories due to its sugar content and slows your body’s ability to burn fat. It also stops you from feeling full, and actively makes you hungry which in turn can cause poor choices of food. Weight gain in your face is a symptom of gaining weight everywhere else, fat just happens to usually be more visible in the cheeks and under the chin/neck. If you’re drinking regularly, expect to see more fat on your face. Make sure you're not letting slip of your exercise routine, and keeping on top of your diet if alcohol seems inescapable this season.
Puff, Puff & Away
Alcohol has an inflammatory effect on your body. Alcohol literally inflames your insides and it doesn’t take long for that inflammation to make an appearance on the outside. Redness and breakouts can start plaguing the skin, along with general puffiness.
As mentioned, alcoholic drinks tend to be very high in sugar. In scientific terms, the sugar effectively crystallizes your skin cells making the cells less supple or plump. This can only result in a dull complexion and a party of pimples, which in turn can leave you feeling low.
Our 100% organic Rosehip Oil can help with combatting the breakout effect alcohol might be having on your skin. It’s hypoallergenic and cruelty-free and packed with skin-enriching vitamins that lift and tighten pores, soothe any redness and calm blemishes. This gorgeous cold-pressed oil encourages a healthy and natural glow, fighting spots, and soothing blemished skin. It’s a wonderfully nourishing product that’s essential on every bathroom shelf, there to help skin defy the effects of sipping on liquid sucrose!
We all know that alcohol is super dehydrating. A lack of fluid in our skin leads to fine lines and wrinkles appearing more pronounced, and our skin can become dry and flaky as the body struggles to rehydrate after a session on the schnapps. A great tip is to have a glass of water between every alcoholic beverage to not only beat the next day sluggish headache but to preserve the skin’s suppleness and wellbeing, too.
If you want to supercharge your skin in terms of rehydration, look no further than our Superfood Firming Serum. It contains hyaluronic acid which boosts moisture retention and the infusion of Vitamins C, E and K counteract oxidative stress and helps protect your skin from pollution, toxins, and sun-damage. Simply dab the face dry with a face towel after cleansing but making sure to leave the skin a little damp. All you need is two pumps of serum placed on your fingertips and then apply to your face morning and night.
Alcohol can attack the important bacteria that live and work in our gut. That bacteria is called microbiome, and it helps regulate the immune system. Without it, it could trigger inflammatory skin conditions like eczema which can leave the skin sore and uncomfortable. The sugar in alcohol can also have a large effect on our insulin levels. When insulin is elevated, it can negatively impact our sex hormones and our thyroid, which throws our hormones off balance and in turn cause problems with the appearance of our skin.
Make sure to be eating lots of live yogurt which is full of healthy gut bacteria or invest in probiotic acidophilus supplements. Both help to breakdown sugar in the gut, which supports digestion as well as provides other health benefits, such as boosting the immune system.
As we age, we lose muscle and gain fat. Unfortunately, we break down alcohol way more slowly meaning we’re far more sensitive to the side effects of drinking. In women, when we reach the menopause our bodies are already affected by a change in our hormones. Alcohol can trigger symptoms that resemble this phase like night sweats and hot flushes, but can also exasperate them. As we get older, our bones thin too so can also increase our risk of osteoporosis (a condition that makes the bones much weaker and at higher risk of breaking).
For our aging skin, alcohol can deepen the appearance of wrinkles and lines making us look older than our years. Organica’s Superfood Firming Serum can help again here as its essential peptides support collagen production which improves skin elasticity and texture whilst also acting to nourish dull, tired and aging skin.
At Christmas, it’s difficult to avoid the limitless liquid concoctions on offer but a mere 24 hours after particularly excessive consumption, skin can appear slack and flare-up. Although, just being in the know can be a massive help in promoting a better relationship with drinking as well as healthier-looking skin.
If consuming alcohol this season seems inevitable, lend a helping hand to your body by supplementing it with Vitamin A to help encourage the cell regeneration process and keep on top of your healthy dose of sleep when on an alcohol-free day. And it’s not all bad news on reversing your skin’s health: if you use the methods above you might see the benefits after just 3 days of abstaining from alcohol, which is the time period it takes for the liver to excrete the ingredients of alcohol.
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